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Ommegang BPA (Belgian-style Pale Ale) | Brewery Ommegang

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Ommegang BPA (Belgian-style Pale Ale)Ommegang BPA (Belgian-style Pale Ale)

Brewed by:
Brewery Ommegang
New York, United States

Style: Belgian Pale Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.20%

Availability: Spring

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Ratings: 1,373 |  Reviews: 466
Photo of Blackmajic
4.5/5  rDev +13.1%

Photo of bens0n
3.86/5  rDev -3%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer pours a clear golden yellow color with a ton of chunky yeast flakes. There is a massive amount of creamy and foamy head that cakes the glass with tons of lacing.

This beer smells like a typical belgian ale, nice and yeasty, not much hop action going on, just some mild grainy bread tones with a little bit of subtle sweetness.

Flavor wise its got that yeasty backbone with some subtle hop sweetness in the middle with a nice dry, crisp finish.

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Photo of kagent777
4.13/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12 oz bottle purchased while on vacation in Las Vegas, early November 2011. A packaged on date of 4-18-11 with a best by date of April 2012. I poured this into my beer goblet.

Appearance:I swirled the yeast into the beer before pouring. A hazy light gold beer. Has an off white two finger head that settled to about half a finger and looked nice and frothy. Sheets of bubbles formed on the inside of the glass rather than lacing.

Smell: Belgian yeast strain phenols with light clove and some banana. The malts are toasty and light while the hops are light and mainly earthy. A little citrus as well.

Taste: Lemon and other citrus are the first tastes that I sense. There is a dryness that goes along with the toasty malts. This is not an IPA done with Belgian yeast, as I was suspecting. The malt and the hops are not as prominent as that. The yeast are much more important in this beer. Balanced with light bitterness on the finish.

Mouthfeel: A light to medium bodied beer, this one coats the mouth with flavor. The carbonation is sharp and uplifting.

Overall: Not quite what I was expecting, but a tasty beer nonetheless. Beginners may not appreciate all that is going on here, but they should not shy away from it.

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Photo of CrazyP
3.93/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

My first experience with the Belgian Pale Ale style. Had it on 1/12 from a bottle with a best of date of 4/12.

A - Light orange in color with a slight haze. Poured with a huge head composed of fairly large bubbles. Head retention is very good. Quite a bit yeast sediment at the bottom of the bottle.

S - Mildly spicy, piney hop aroma. I'm curious if a fresher batch would have more hoppiness.

T - Fruity and spicey with a pretty strong bitterness. I get a woody, astringent character as well. I think this beer could use a little more malt balance. Seems to soften up and improve as it warms up a little (suggested serving temperature is 40F, too cold in my opinion).

M - Good body and lots of carbonation. Dry finish.

O - Overall a nice introduction for me to this style. I enjoyed this beer but I suspect that it had been sitting on the shelf a little too long. It nice to see a combination of fruity and hoppy flavors.

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4.5/5  rDev +13.1%

Photo of MacStinson
4.25/5  rDev +6.8%

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3.5/5  rDev -12.1%

Photo of HopNelius
3.87/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Served out of a 12 ounce bottle with a cap, I am fairly certain that Ommegang used to only offer this beer in a 22 oz with a cork. Poured into a stemless wine glass.
Appearance-2 finger head, some major lacing occuring, golden color to beer, carbonation is evident.
Smell-Citrus, yeast, fruit.
Taste-grapefruit, hints of yeast, nice hop finish, very subtle compared to an American Pale Ale but on the hoppier side for a Belgium.
Mouthfeel-nice, drinkable, crisp, decent amount of carbonation.
Overall- Would be a great beer to drink if you were going to have several, taste is pleasant but not overally controversail.

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Photo of Flounder57
3.65/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle poured into a Stella glass.

Appearance: The beer poured a one finger white head that is reducing slowly and leaving some nice lacing. A hazy golden yellow and orange color with very little clarity and some signs of tiny little bubbles in the glass.

Smell: Grapefruit and tangerine come to mind first. You also get some yeasty bready aromas and sweetness from the malts and possibly some Belgian candy.

Taste: Citrus and very tart up front. Sweet aromas I could smell are very hard to notice.

Mouthfeel: Medium to high carbonation, a little cheawy, heavy and full bodied.

Overall: Not a bad offering from Ommegang. A good begginer beer into the BPA style for me. Still looking into this style all the time and will be hitting this up again in the future. Would like to see more sweetness to balance out the citrus and tart flavors.

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Photo of buckyp
4/5  rDev +0.5%

Photo of towlea25
4.5/5  rDev +13.1%

Photo of XanderCruz
4.5/5  rDev +13.1%

Photo of Codytucker13
4/5  rDev +0.5%

Photo of draheim
4.08/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

750mL bottle (best by 12/2011) into a tulip. Pours a slightly hazy golden straw color w/ a thick fluffy white head that leaves behind clumps of sticky lacing.

Aroma is yeasty, a little funky, w/ hints of citrus and spice. Floral and slightly tart.

Taste is clean pale malt, Belgian yeast, citrus & pepper. Hoppy and slightly bitter, this was dry-hopped and has a nice subtle tropical juiciness that might have been stronger fresh - BPA is probably a play on words of sorts, as this one is pretty close to a Belgian IPA. Nice smooth mouthfeel w/ a dry finish.

Overall a solid Belgian pale, I'm not finding much fault w/ this one.

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Photo of Massbmx
3/5  rDev -24.6%

Photo of frankiepop
3.3/5  rDev -17.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This is a dry hoppy beer that reminds me of an IPA. I am not a lover of dry bitterish IPA beers so the review here will not be great nor a trashing.

Looks nice fuzzy head.

This is a very dry unsweet beer. Quality clean taste that is good for pale beer likers. Taste like a lager. Nothing special to me.

Odor is OK.

I recommend you listen to the band Kiss with this beer. I figure Kiss lovers will enjoy this beer. Did you know Kiss sold more albums than the Beatles? Gene Simmons likes to remind the world of that often.

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3.51/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Served in a 20 ounce weizen glass at Wild Wings Cafe in Charlottesville. From notes. Reviewed 5 July 2011.

A: Clear at the narrow part of the glass and cloudy at the wide parts. A nice head fades, leaving good lacing behind. Golden amber and prettyish.

S: Sweet spice, vague yeast. Not very powerful. Cinnamon and clove?

T/M: Very sour...I wonder if it's the beer or the tap. It's very tingly...not so much carbonated as titillating and dryingly effervescent on the tongue. The beer is less flavourful than expected/remembered, with only a tart, drying yeastiness that fades through the endtaste. Still, it's nice enough.

O: Meh, alright beer. Neither a great Ommegang nor a great Belgian Pale. Still, perhaps a cut above many other 'pale ales' in general. I would drink it again, but I wouldn't necessarily recommend it.

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Photo of Sinewave
3.5/5  rDev -12.1%

Photo of GrabMeAnAbbey
3.5/5  rDev -12.1%

Photo of hawkmage
3.5/5  rDev -12.1%

Photo of smithmd4
3.5/5  rDev -12.1%

Photo of Mosstrooper
4.62/5  rDev +16.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from 750ml bottle into 330ml St. Bernardus goblet.

Appearance: Pours a cloudy pale amber in color with a thick white head that hardly dissipates at all, leaving behind a thick ring of lace.

Smell: Woody and earthy hops backed up by nuttiness and citrus with bread.

Taste: Begins nutty, rounding out to bready malt and finishing with sweet fruitiness and citrus, along with a balanced bitterness.

Mouthfeel: Medium in body with balanced, natural carbonation. The middle of the beer is watery, but the finish is dry.

Overall: This is an excellent beer. Faithful to its Belgian roots, but with a great American hop character. I would love to have this again and am disappointed to have not sampled this one earlier!

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Photo of brentk56
4.38/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Arrives the color of light amber and is capped with a very nice head that leaves splotches of lace

Smell: Bready, with peppery yeast complexity and an earthy hop character

Taste: Bready, up front, with apple and pear elements; the peppery yeast makes an early entrance, as well, but by mid-palate, the earthy hops take over; the finish combines all the flavors in a well-balanced blend

Mouthfeel: Medium body with moderate to high carbonation

Overall: I really like Ommegang's take on the style; the fruity elements, the hop character and the well-balanced finish are very appealing

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Photo of suspect
4.45/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from on tap into a standard pint glass.

A: crystal clear honey color. Received with a thin half finger head that disappears to thick, consistent lacing.

S: bready yeast smell that is very typical Ommegang brews shines through beautifully. Some hop bitterness picked up followed by delicious malt blends.

T: taste follows nose but the bready yeast takes a back seat to the lovely malt concoction. Hops round out the end of the sip.

M: creamy mouth coating makes for a wonderful feel. Aftertaste sticks around and lingers for a while. Smooth finish leaves me wanting more.

O: a delicious BPA with wonderful complexities yet a very easy drinker. Easily one of the best beers I've had.

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Photo of stephenjmoore
3.8/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- Deep golden color with white head that stays around. Some lacing.

S- Spices dominate the nose with some orange.

T- Spices are apparent, some fruit follows with some grassy notes through the finish.

M- Easy drinking, medium bodied with medium carbonation.

O- Very good Belgian pale ale. Easy drinking and refreshing.

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Ommegang BPA (Belgian-style Pale Ale) from Brewery Ommegang
Beer rating: 3.98 out of 5 with 1,373 ratings
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